Hatchbacks have become one of the best selling segments in India. Companies such as Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki have got their offerings on the table in the segment. Maruti Suzuki has been been on the top of the sales figures in this segment with Maruti Suzuki Alto. But there is one hatchback that needs to gain popularity yet. And that is the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo. But what makes it an underrated hatchback? Let’s find out.
The 1.0-litre Turbocharged Engine
It comes equipped with Hyundai’s 1.0-litre GDi Turbo petrol engine. This workhorse has a capability of producing 98.63hp of power @6,000rpm and a peak torque of 171.6Nm @1,500-4,000rpm. That is the highest torque delivery in the segment in this price range (The price will be revealed at the end). And that’s not all! This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, good news for the old school drivers.
Excellent Fuel Efficiency
The Grand i10 Nios is not only good on power but also delivers excellent fuel efficiency. It has an ARAI rated mileage of 20.3kmpl. The 1.0-litre TSI engine at the VW Polo has a fuel efficiency of 18.24kmpl. This puts the Grand i10 Nios Turbo on the top of the list in most fuel-efficient turbocharged hatchbacks.
Stunning Design and Looks
Hyundai is known for its fluidic design language. The Grand i10 Nios gets the essence too. With the beautifully carved body that is aerodynamic too, the hatchback offers an everlasting impression. The boomerang-shaped LED DRLs and chrome surrounded projector fog lamps give this hatch a bolder stance. And on the top of that, the glossy black turbo grille with integrated Turbo emblem adds to the sporty looks. It also gets the R15 Diamond Cut alloy wheels.
Grand i10 Nios Turbo is loaded with features
The Nios Turbo carries on the legacy of i10 with a plethora of safety as well as comfort features at the offer. For the safety front, the Nios gets dual-airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert alarm, headlamp escort system, rear defogger, speed-sensing door lock, impact sensing door unlock and much more in the turbo variant. For comfort and convenience, it has got a 20.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, steering mounted controls, premium glossy black inserts, keyless entry and much more. This hatchback is loaded up to the brim. It does lack on a few features such as cooled glove box, luggage lamp, push-button for Start/Stop to name a few. If you can skip these, Grand i10 Nios is good to go.
The Grand i10 Nios Turbo is Compact yet Spacious
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios might look compact but is full of space inside. The cabin has enough legroom, thanks to its long wheelbase of 2,450mm. To give you a reference, Maruti Suzuki Alto has a wheelbase of 2,360mm. It also has enough headroom inside the cabin. The rear occupants can sit back and relax while getting cool breeze from the rear AC vents. Yes, the Nios Turbo gets these too!
Superb Power to Weight ratio
The kerb weight of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios turbo is around 990 kgs. This makes it light yet powerful hatchback with such a powerful engine under its hood. For reference, the Volkswagen Polo has a kerb weight of over 1,070 kgs. This makes the Nios Turbo the hatchback with the best Power to Weight ratio in the segment of turbo hatches.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo comes at an unbelievable price
The final question, what will it cost? Everything? Nah! Actually, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo is the most affordable turbo in the market at present. The price for this underrated hatch is ₹7,70,050 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi). Thus, the performance and comfort will not cost much when compared to the rival turbos in the market.
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So, if you really want to feel the performance of a turbocharged engine while not burning a hole in your pocket, you must go for the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo. Still not convinced? Let us know your doubts and queries in the comments section below.2